This post is a part of a series of smoothie recipes. Click here for the introductory post.
Just about exactly 9 months ago I began a series on Smoothie Kits—easy pre-assembled smoothies that you freeze and pop into the blender when you need one. I posted 4 of the 7 recipes (Citrus Explosion, 24 Carrot, Matcha Made In Heaven, and No More Blues) I had prepared and then Jonathan came roaring into the world 3 weeks early and I kind of forgot about the series. So I’m back to finish it up!
Now that it’s January I’m trying to recommit to whole foods, less sugar, more fruits and veggies, more exercise, and overall more healthy habits. One of those is being more consistent with a healthy breakfast. I’ve been making big smoothies each morning and sharing them with all of my boys before we scatter for the day. I love being able to make one thing that all 4 of us can eat!
Some notes about smoothies—it is very easy to drink a huge smoothie, but could you eat all of the ingredients fresh/whole? For example—if a smoothie calls for 1 banana, 1 orange, 1 cup of pineapple and 1 cup of mango, could you eat all of that whole? If not, scale down the recipe until it’s a more realistic amount for the number of people you’re serving. This is especially important for kids who are still working on learning what it feels like to be full. Despite Jonathan’s growls, I usually cut him off after about 4 ounces.
The second note is to be careful about added sugar. I was in a bad habit of using juice as a base in many of my smoothies (hey, it’s not actually a sweetener, right?), but it’s so much healthier to use water and the whole fruit. So I’m trying to swap in an orange and water in places where I previously called for orange juice. Not quite as sweet but I’ve started to not even notice the difference anymore.
Ready for a new blend? This smoothie is creamy and cool, just like a pina colada, but you can drink it first thing in the morning! You can even add fresh greens to give it a healthy boost! This seriously tastes like dessert for breakfast!
Piña Colada—makes 2 large servings
1/2 c Pineapple (preferably frozen)
1 Banana (preferably frozen)
1 c Coconut Milk (+ more if needed to thin out smoothie)
1 c spinach, optional (see my prep tips for spinach)
shredded coconut for sprinkling
You can follow the tips on the Smoothie Kit post to prep several of these and keep them in your fridge, or you can grab the ingredients fresh each morning.
Place all ingredients into the blender and blend. You can add water or ice to thin or thicken the consistency to your preference. Enjoy!
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